Louisiana Man Arrested for Peeing in Parish Water Supply – Twice
Louisiana Man Michael Mastin, 57, has been fired and arrested for peeing in the Ascension Parish water supply tank.
On March 22, Mastin, an employee of Ascension Parish, who works at the water treatment plant in Donaldsville, was captured on surveillance video urinating in the water supply tank, not once, but twice in the last 30 days before his arrest.
The surveillance footage shows Mastin walking out of a plant office and moving a surveillance camera upwards so he wasn’t visible on camera. Mastin then walks behind a piece of equipment and appears to relieve himself.
He walks back into the office, and then a short time later, he comes back out to readjust the camera to its original position.
When the incident was seen on camera, an investigation was launched.
Parish President Clint Cointment verified that the incident was credible, and it was reported to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The 57-year-old man faces charges after surveillance video appeared to show him relieving himself in the Louisiana treatment plant.
Surveillance video released by Ascension Parish officials appears to capture Michael Mastin in the act in the March 22 incident.
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According to the Sheriff’s Office, Mastin was fired by the Parish, arrested, and charged with two counts of contaminating water supplies and criminal damage to critical infrastructure. It is unclear if he has done it more than twice since the plant’s security archive only goes back 30 days.
Mastin spoke to investigators but didn’t give a reason for his alleged actions, The Advocate in Louisiana reported.
“As Parish President, I am extremely disappointed, and I find this conduct disgusting and unacceptable. This type of behavior will never be tolerated in parish government,” Cointment said. “Since the beginning of this administration, we have held our parish employees accountable, and this is no exception. I demand accountability on behalf of the public.”
Ascension Parish officials noted that the public wasn’t in danger, and water samples taken following the incident met safe water drinking requirements.
The Parish reported the incident to the district attorney’s office and federal and state authorities and said an investigation is ongoing.
Mastin is awaiting arraignment and is out of jail on a $25,000 bond.
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